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Structural Urban Plans in Five Cities in Mozambique


Sub-Saharan Africa




Regional Development and Metropolitan Strategies

Project Details


  • Gurue, Milange, Boane, Alto Molocue, Nhamatanda (Mozambique)


  • Tender


  • Ministério da Terra, Ambiente e Desenvolvimento Rural (MITADER


  • Vocaçao Técnica



Addressing Decentralization and Urbanization Challenges in Mozambique

This project responds to the institutional decentralisation in Mozambique that took place in 2014, in a context of rapid demographic growth and scarce institutional control on regulated land ownership. Three of the project cities are located in one of the least developed provinces in the country, Zambezia.

While Nhamatanda, situated in the Sofala province, was dramatically affected by a cyclone. The sprawl from the capital Maputo is encroaching on the fifth city, Boane, forming the largest conurbation in the country.

Map of Mozambique with key infrastructure corridors
Alto Molocue
Alto Molocue

TSPA, together with Vocação Técnica Lda, developed a territorial management instrument that defined spatial organisation for the five municipalities.

This spatial planning tool, similar to our previous project, PEU Sussundenga, employed a collaborative and participative decision-making process, enabling cooperation across private and the public stakeholders.

The result of this approach led to empirical findings and more direct engagement of public institutions.

How do we respond to a shortage of existing planning material?

The collection of comprehensive information was made possible through utilising open spatial data and collaborating with those closest to the local knowledge - the local population - through collaborative workshops and questionnaires.

Workshop with stakeholders.

Data-Driven Approach

TSPA classified and analysed data retrieved from satellite images and geographic information tools producing not only a cognitive instrument but also development scenarios and design solutions. This data-driven approach encouraged the development of predictive models, then translated into tangible spatial solutions.

Alto Molocue